A lot of people out there are afraid of getting old. But probably they shouldn´t be. Time and time again, research shows that getting older means getting happier for most people. A couple of days ago, I posted a link to a survey that is meant to replicate an already existing study on meaning and satisfaction with life across different age groups. 100 people participated in less than three days. Thank you very much for help your help!
Now here are some of the results:
The table shows the means for different measures of our study. As you can see, the oldest group shows higher values in practically all of the positive measures (such as ‘General Happiness’ or the presence of ‘Positive Emotions’ – and lower values for negative measures (such as the presence of ‘Negative Emotions’ or ‘Depressive Symptoms’).
Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.
2 thoughts on “Getting older? Do not fear! For Age brings you Happiness…”
Correlation, though, right?
Yes, but I think it’s causal (more or less). At least, the other direction does not make sense: E.g., positive feelings do not cause age. Of course, it’s not the number of years itself – it’s something that comes with the years…